Olympic Basketball Las Vegas Odds: Gold Medal Matchup USA vs Spain
Saturday, August 11, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
LeBron James and the United States men's basketball team will be looking to cap off their perfect run at the London Olympics on Sunday with a victory over Spain in the gold-medal game of the tournament.
James scored 18 points and added seven assists and seven rebounds on Friday as the Americans rolled to a 109-83 win over Argentina in the semifinals of the tournament. The United States, which had entered that contest at 1/33 odds to win the gold medal in London, managed to covered the posted spread of 24 points at Bovada Sportsbook for the game.
Kevin Durant had a team-high 19 points for the United States against Argentina, while Carmelo Anthony added 18 points and Kobe Bryant was good for 13 points. Argentina trailed by only seven points at halftime on Friday but couldn't keep up in the second half.
The United States will now take on Spain in the gold-medal game on Sunday, after the Spaniards picked up a 67-59 victory over Russia in their semifinal matchup on Friday.
Spain, which entered the semifinals at 16/1 odds to win the gold medal this weekend, managed to cover the posted 4.5-point spread at Bovada Sportsbook against Russia, with Pau Gasol pacing the team's offense with 16 points. Jose Calderon added 14 points for Spain.
The United States and Spain also met in the gold-medal game at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, with the Americans winning that contest 118-107 behind 27 points from Dwyane Wade. Rudy Fernandez had 22 points in that losing cause for the Spaniards in 2008.
Tipoff for the gold-medal game between the United States and Spain on Sunday is set for 10 a.m. ET. The Americans are 21-point favorites at Bovada Sportsbook. Argentina will take on Russia for the bronze medal in a 6 a.m. ET contest. Argentina is a 3.5-point favorite.
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